Josef now on Wikipedia (english)

For some time now I’ve been working on a Wiki-article about Josef Hammar. It is now done and active on

The work has been interesting. As Wiki doesn’t accept private reference material as letters, diaries etc. I had to search extensively for available sources and turned up some for me yet unknown. For example a search for the subjects of one of Josef’s published articles, “Reserapport från kriget i Sydafrika” (Travelling Report From The Boer War) gave me an odd hit with a book titled Abbozzo di un nuovo sistema monetario by Dionigi Martinelli scanned by Google. It turned out that this scan had appended to it “Helsingborgs-Landskrona nation i Lund” by Vilhelm Ljungfors which contained a biography of Josef published 1903. It also turned out that August Hammar Sr. was a honorary member of Helsingbors-Landskrona Nation and had his own biography in the book. This source verified some facts that I knew but had not found in any other published source.

I also found a reference to a list of published articles by Josef that is supposed to be in “Sveriges läkarehistoria” (History of Swedish Physicians) vol. 4 (1822–1935). I started to look up where I could find a copy to read and photograph and was on my way to Carolina Redeviva (University library in Uppsala) when I found a copy of the entire work (vol 1-5) in leather at an on-line used bookstore for 400 kr (~£37). So I’m awaiting a package eagerly to see if there is more surprises in it. UPDATE: And today they arrived. My expectations where fulfilled.

To say the least Josef lead an interesting life.


Gunnar Hammar

Gunnar HammarGunnar Hammar
Male View treeBorn: 1860-04-27Died: 1886-04-27
Father: August Hammar (Sr)Mother: Elin Hammar
Children: none
Siblings: Eliana Jakobina (Bina) Hammar, Eva Hammar, Holger Hammar, Johannes Hammar, Josef Hammar, August Hammar (Jr)

Gunnar Hammar was between August and Josef in age   (born 1860). In 1882, the year before this photo,  his father  August Hammar Sr wrote to August Jr in South Africa “Gunnar has completed his academic course and is now in juridical activity with District Judge v[on] Sydow at Hammenhög (close to Ystad) where he not only is exceedingly happy, but has an excellent school to be trained in: Sydow is an outstanding lawyer. ” In January 1884 August Sr wrote to August Jr: “But Gunnar has caused us even more troubles. At the end of October he came from Hammenhög, where he had served with the district judge v. Sydow, to Lund for a visit; but was found in a state of mental disorder, which made Uncle Karl take him to the hospital. As soon as I got to know this I went there and took him home, where he soon seemed to recover.”

According to the church register for Nosaby parish Gunnar Hammar died on April 27th 1886 of tuberculosis (“lungsot”). (THANKS TO Ann-Britt Hammar for this additional information!)

His father does not mention Gunnars death in his letter from Nov 1886 but writes about the expenses they have had for Gunnar and Hasse.

Hand written on the back of the photo “Jur. stud. Gunnar Hammar 1883